Player availability tracking
Idea shared by Shaun Peet - June 26, 2014 at 5:36 PM
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The idea would be to build a way for players or their parents to indicate whether or not they will be in attendance for upcoming games or practices. 
 
The concern would be that attendance might go down if it were too easy or impersonal to be a no-show.
 

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Player availability tracking would be beneficial for our Association. Alerts Head Coach well in advance of who can attend game and eliminates the need for additional apps such as TeamSnap
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A lot of our coaches and parents keep asking me if we have that feature on our website. So I know our association would like that to have it. Most of our coaches used Team Snap before we got our new website.
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I use Team Notes for this.  But I'm also the Ice Scheduler and a Coach so what I'm doing might not be available to everyone.
 
I don't think it's overly critical to give parents a way to indicate that online.  What is more crucial is to give coaches a way to enter the information they get from the parents/players in order to make sure they can plan accordingly.  So I would concentrate on that aspect of it.
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This definitely has been asked for many times by coaches, managers and parents. Would be much easier than random emails or texts from months in advance to day before, having to track down who is there and when.
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We've heard a few people compare this feature to what's available in TeamSnap, so we've done some research on that platform.  In order to have availability tracking in TeamSnap, the minimum package required is their Basic package, costing $59.99 USD per year; and it would appear that the more popular package is the $89.99 USD per year plan.
 
The standard MBSportsWeb package provides teams with virtually every same feature as TeamSnap except the instant messaging and availability tracking, but we do so at a fraction of the cost - in fact, usually teams don't explicitly pay their association for their team's portion of the site.
 
Given that, we think it might be appropriate to build this feature as an add-on module but paid for directly by the teams, perhaps somewhere in the $19.99 - $29.99 CAD per year range.  If it's on the higher end, then a portion of that could even go back to the association to help offset the regular cost of the site.
 
Practically speaking, it would be better for teams to NOT transfer their schedule data from the main association site to somewhere else - it's just another opportunity for a mistake to happen and extra work.  So in theory the associations would promote our availability tracking in favour of an external system.
 
 
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While it is understandable that you wish to market the product, I suggest opting to keep the fees low rather than using it for associations to subsidize their website. The association pays for the website using the parent's money and so if we wish to convince teams to use this add-on, the lower the cost, the easier it will be. Collecting more money from the parents will only make it harder to integrate new solutions, especially given that they already are the ones paying for the website.

Thanks for seriously considering the add-on, however.
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Our teams use Team Snap to have this functionality. Would be nice for them to be able to use one site--our site!--for everything.
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I see that this post suggestion is 'under construction'. I am wondering where this is at.
I have coaches requesting this feature, and multiple companies with this app offering this feature. I would really like to stay with one site for the previous reasons written.
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I see this post suggestion is still 'under consideration'.  I am wondering where this is at.  I have coaches requesting this feature, and multiple companies with this app offering this feature.  I would really like to stay with one site for the previous reasons written.
 

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